Professor Hobbs graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1975 with a bachelor of arts degree and received the juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1979. Professor Hobbs was a member of the Washington and Lee law faculty for 16 years before accepting the position of Tom Bevill Chairholder of Law at Alabama in 1997. He also has visited on the law faculties at Willamette University and Florida State University. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Hobbs practiced in the Department of the Public Advocate in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1981 he began his career in academics. Both his professional and scholarly interests demonstrate his commitment to the fair distribution of social and legal benefits to individuals. The classes he has taught, the topics of scholarship on which he has written, and the issues he has addressed at professional conferences deal with elder law, family law, fair housing law, and social and economic justice. He has written numerous law review articles on these subjects and was instrumental in drafting the Virginia Human Rights Act. Professor Hobbs teaches Professional Responsibility, Family Law, and a series of classes that focus on the development of small businesses.